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ABOUT SUZANNE KIRSCHNER
I am a visual artist from Northwestern Connecticut. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with concentrations in graphic design and photography. I’ve worked commercially as a graphic artist for 15 years before completing graduate course work at Central Connecticut State University in Art Education. I have been a visual art teacher for the past twenty years and received the 2018 Outstanding Middle School Art Educator Award by the Connecticut Art Education Association. During this time I have continued working and developing my skills as a visual artist. I have attended intensive summer artist workshops at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Institute of New Hampshire, and the University of the Arts.
I have participated in two public art projects: Giddy Up To Granby, Granby, CT, painted horses, 2006: A Horse of a Different Color; and A Bear Affair in Torrington, CT, painted bears, 2007: Hibearnation Dreams.
During the past three years, my work has been exhibited and won awards through out Connecticut, New York, and Virginia in juried exhibits including the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) Gallery, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Mattatuck Museum, The Mystic Art Museum, The Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford, and The Art Center East in Vernon, CT. I have also had Solo shows at The Atrium Gallery at the Warner Theater in Torrington CT, The Serendipity Gallery in Litchfield CT, Hygienic Art in New London CT, and the Gallery at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted CT. My work has also exhibited on a regular basis at Spectrum Art Gallery in Essex CT and Mable and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester CT. Type your paragraph here.
Life, by its very nature is organic; things spin out of control, twist, turn, and feel like everything is going in, and coming from different directions simultaneously. We attempt to impose structure on it, to control, organize and contain the chaos.
I have always worked with line, but is has been controlled. Through an intense period of experimentation and creation, my line twists, turns, and is in constant motion. I’m constantly turning it as I work, building layers from multiple directions creating texture and depth; obscuring and revealing. Although the line may seem chaotic, it forms rhythmic patterns that unify it and attempts to superimpose structure. In addition to the line and layers, color has become an important element in my work, contrasting colors peak through the layers emphasizing the movement of the line.
It is not the line, but the structure and the contrast that creates the chaos; forcing the line to function within the world it is apart of, bound within a perfect square.